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Friday, October 26, 2007


I think it's going to be a little while before I get over the traffic jam in LA. Where previously, I see a sea of brake lights and I think, "Eh, no biggie, I'll get through it." now I see that sea of brake lights with a whole new dread. That dread is "Oh god, what if it's a five hour delay."

This morning I was tasked with getting bagels for the office. We have a rotating schedule so this happens about twice a year. I got up 45 minutes early, headed to Panera where they totally failed me by having no cheesy bagels and few other bagels left. So then I went to Noah's. When I made it back to the freeway, it had gone from cruising along to dead stopped, backed up on the on ramp. I busted a move and made it on to 85 instead, but the Fremont exit was backed up, so I went up to El Camino Real and took that most of the way, but then that had a lane closed so I ducked over to Foothill for the last leg. Finally made it to work 40 minutes later than planned.

But the dread when I saw that on ramp. It wasn't normal. It also happened one other evening on my way home - freeway stopped, and occasionally creeping along at 4 mph. Just the thought of being trapped a few miles and a few hours from my destination has a whole new level of dread for me. It's not good.


  • That dread is why I still have motivation to get up at or before 6 AM in order to be at work by 7:00.

    I spent two and a half hours driving to work the other day, having left at 8:30 AM. It's scarred me -- now I get there at 7 and leave by 3 unless I'm taking the train.

    By Blogger tshuma, at 12:31 PM  

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